Designed by Australian architect and GSD graduate John Andrews, Gund Hall opened in 1972.
Major gifts to finance the new building were received from the George Gund Foundation; the Gund family; John L. Loeb, SB ’24, LLD ’71 (hon); GSD alumni and friends; and the Office of Education of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Gund Hall offers students a stimulating environment in which to work, including studio and office areas for approximately 500 students and more than 100 faculty and staff; lecture and seminar rooms; workshops and darkrooms; an audiovisual center; computer facilities; a cafeteria; a project room; Piper Auditorium; and the Frances Loeb Library. The yard area is used for basketball, volleyball, picnics; as an exhibition area for class projects; and as the setting for commencement ceremonies. The central studio space extends through five levels under a stepped, clear-span roof that admits natural light and provides views toward Boston. The dramatic facade and extensive glass surfaces make an eloquent statement about the design excellence and professional creativity for which the school is known. Some administrative offices and offices for doctoral students, plus seminar rooms, are located opposite Gund Hall at 7 Sumner Road.